On Android, everything seems to be getting bigger over time. Storage is getting bigger, screens are getting bigger, resolution is getting bigger, and there always seems to be a bigger selection of devices out there for you. However, with all of these fancy new devices, actually reading text on the screen seems to be getting harder and harder, with Material Design chasing after smaller text elements over time and just the overall UI direction of modern Android, which is why today we’ll show you how you can increase the text size on your Android device!
If you find that text is too small on Android, luckily for you, Android comes with the built-in ability to increase the text size. This isn’t a new feature, although it has been refined and more integrated over time. Also, since it’s bundled into the OS, it should affect all of your apps, which is what you would want from an option like this. Here, we’ll show you how to do it on Android Nougat, but the process is pretty much the same for all versions. Start by heading over to your Settings:
Find “Display” and tap on it to enter the display settings:
Scroll down until you find the “Font Size” option:
Tap it, and you should see something similar to this:
In here, you can test the text size values out. The sample text provides you with different text sizes, and you can change the overall text size by using the slider below:
As you can see, the font size changes right away. For our purposes, let’s go all out and choose the largest size:
Now, if you go back into the settings, you will notice the difference right away:
As we mentioned at the start, the cool thing about this setting is that it doesn’t just apply to the Android OS components, like the Settings app – it actually changes the text size on all of your other apps. Let’s try it out by taking a look at the app Pocket Casts, for example:
The text is now much bigger and easier to read, although things may look a little more squished in terms of real-estate. That’s the trade-off, since text now occupies a bigger portion of the screen. Just so you can tell the difference, let’s get things back to normal. You should see it reflected on the app again:
Of course, you can also make the text a bit smaller, if you’d like that:
This is the built-in way of changing the text size on Android, allowing you to choose from a preset of values. This can be an extremely helpful feature, especially if your eyesight isn’t what it used to be, and since it requires no third-party apps and integrates with all of your other apps, it works out quite nicely. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!